So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)
All for God’s glory. Even life’s most basic tasks such as food consumption are to be done with the glory of God in mind, but how? How can a mom change poopy diapers to the glory of God? How can a carpenter hang drywall to the glory of God? How can we eat our bowl of Cheerios to the glory of God?
It’s easy to see how feeding the hungry, teaching a Sunday School class or singing in the morning worship service brings glory to God, but how can grinding through the mundane and menial bring glory to God? Here’s a couple thoughts:
1. Do it with gratitude
Whatever you’ve got going on today, do it with thankfulness. Have you praised God for the Cheerios? Are you grateful that you can change the poopy diaper rather than watch a nurse through a glass window in the NICU do it?
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV)
2. Do it with a servant’s heart
Is this task the opportunity to serve someone? A spouse? A child? A coworker? A client? An enemy? Humbling ourselves to serve others brings glory to God (1 Peter 4:11) and becomes an opportunity to model the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the greatest servant of all (Philippians 2:3-8).
3. Do it with spiritual growth in mind
Is God stretching you to make you more like Jesus? It is God’s will that your life becomes more and more like that of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:3). When it does, God’s name is honored among Christians and non-Christians alike. Has God given you a mundane task today? Perhaps it’s nothing more than character development. That difficult co-worker or whiny child may be God’s means of refining your faith to make it well-pleasing unto him.
4. Do it with evangelism in mind
How easily we forget that God frequently brings people into our lives so that we can share our hope with them, yet we (I) rarely do. As you brush up against numerous folk today, remember than he may lead you to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone who desperately needs to here it.
The shop, the barn, the scullery, and the smithy become temples when men and women do all to the glory of God! —C.H. Spurgeon